The number one pick in 2013 NHL Draft, Nathan MacKinnon has signed a three-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The team management announced on Tuesday that this is an entry level contract.
The Executive vice president of Colorado Avalanche, Joe Sakic confirmed the agreement with MacKinnon and said “We are happy to have Nathan under contract and anxious to see him at training camp”, “his presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team as well as a lot of excitement to our fans”.
Nathan MacKinnon, 17, was very much excited about joining Avalanche stated, “The signing of this first NHL contract represents for me another step toward becoming a professional hockey player, and I am already working very hard in order to be ready physically and mentally for training camp.”
MacKinnon is coming off a championship season, where he led the Halifax Mooseheads to their first-ever Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and first-ever Memorial Cup championship. He was named as the most valuable player of 2013 by scoring a tournament high 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in just 4 games. He had a hat trick and a total of 5 points in the final against Portland Winterhawks and performed fantastically to clinch the trophy.
At the beginning of this month, Avalanche coach, Patrick Roy mentioned that Nathan MacKinnon would be the third line center. However, Roy is planning a roadmap to provide a comfort zone for MacKinnon to adapt the new team and want to give him time to settle and feel good.
Nathan MacKinnon, 6 foot, 182– pound represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in UFA, Russia. He played all 6 games and assisted at least one in all games.
MacKinnon is the first player to be selected No. 1 by the Avalanche since the franchise moved to Colorado in 1995. He joined Sidney Crosbyin (2005) and Joe Thornton (1997) as the third player at 17-year-old drafted No. 1 overall in the last 26 years.